Driven in Detroit: Bridges to Self-Reliance

    Bridges to Self-Reliance: Addressing Inner City Welfare Needs


    Church leaders in the inner-city congregations of Detroit felt that their short-term efforts to meet needs were falling short, and so the stake presidency brought the leaders together to discuss how they might work toward long-term solutions. Their plans turned into the development of the personal storehouse project.

    They called several members of the stake to serve as Church-service missionaries and spend time each week partnering with individuals and families who sincerely wanted to improve their situation, but weren’t sure how. One of these missionaries explains, “Our goal is not to fix people’s problems; it’s not to fix people. The goal is to help them decide what it is that they want to do…, and then what can we do, … [to] help them achieve those goals and those dreams.”

    A key part of this program’s success has been an emphasis on community partnerships. As they looked to the community, stake leaders found other organizations trying to meet similar needs. Together, they have been able to more successfully enable the people in their congregations.

    Each ward and stake has unique needs as the members work together to care for the poor and needy. If you are interested in creating a similar inner-city project in your area, take a look at the following resources for priesthood leaders: Inner-city Training Materials